Bennington Community N ews

April 2020

Greetings!

There is no need to ask what is on everyone's mind this month. It seems that about 90% of the news on TV and posts on facebook relate to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Kids are home due to closed schools. Adults are working from home, or in some instances, laid off. Schedules are in flux. Confusion, panic, fear, anger, frustration.... any of this sound familiar?

It seems there is so much negativity, that we forget things. We forget that our kids feel stress when their schedules are thrown off. We forget to relax because we are so inundated with constant updates. We forget to connect with other people simply because we can't be there in person. We forget, we forget, we forget.

Do me a favor. STOP. I mean literally, right now. Take two minutes, close your eyes, and just BREATHE. In through your nose for a count of four, hold for four, out through your mouth for four, and wait for four. Repeat. For two little minutes. Focus on the in and out of your breath. This is called "box breathing" and it helps to lower levels of cortisol, the main hormone released in response to stress.

Now is the time to let go of politics and work together. Now is the time to remember. Remember how wondrously adaptable children are, and the way they see all this through fresh eyes. Take a walk with them. Make an obstacle course in your yard, or even in your house. Read to them. Make memories that they will remember for years to come. Remember that those who are immune compromised may not be able to get out at all. Give them a call and check on them. Parents, grandparents, friends; we need to remember to stay connected, even when we have to be separated. And most importantly, remember that together, we will get through this. It may not be easy, but we will. Because if we learned anything from Tropical Storm Irene, it's this:

WE ARE VERMONT STRONG.

Stay healthy and safe.

-Carrie
Shannon Barsott i , Community Development Director
Carrie Fabricius , Senior Center Director
Kayla Becker , YMCA Branch Manager at the Bennington Recreation Center
Bennington Rec Center News

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR'S ORDERS,
THE RECREATION CENTER IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

Updates will be posted on :
  • facebook pages for Bennington Recreation Center, Town of Bennington, and Berkshire Family YMCA
  • the town website (www.benningtonvt.org)
  • the Y website (www.bfymca.org)

For a comprehensive list of
COVID-19 resources, CLICK HERE .


ANNUAL EGG HUNT

Due to ongoing concerns about the safety of large groups and the uncertainty of a current timeline for social distancing recommendations, this year's Easter Egg Hunt unfortunately has been canceled. We look forward to a wonderful event next year!

Healthy Kids Day, which was scheduled to take place with the Egg Hunt has been postponed. We are hoping to still run this event at a later date in the spring/summer. Watch for the announcement about a new date for this wonderful event for youth.
School bus dropping off meals
The Bennington Recreation Center is one of MANY sites where meals (breakfast and lunch) can be picked up for kids 18 and under while schools are closed. For more information and/or drop off schedules,


LINKS FOR STAYING ACTIVE

ONLINE workouts for kids :


https://comealiveoutside.com/5x5/ - a 5-week outdoor challenge for kids

https://4-h.org/ - great activities and learning resources


ONLINE workouts for adults :
https://vitalityfl.com/ - great for seniors or beginners


https://ymca360.org/ - online Y classes


OTHER IDEAS:

Go for a bike ride, go for a trail hike, take a walk, work in the garden or yard, or dance! Just remember to leave 6 feet of space or more between yourself and others.

ALPHABET WORKOUT - use your name, or spell a different word each day.
Bennington Senior Center News
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR'S ORDERS,
THE SENIOR CENTER IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

Updates will be posted on :
  • Town of Bennington facebook page
  • the town website (www.benningtonvt.org)
  • the outgoing message on the Senior Center phone @ (802)442-1052
  • the main entry door of the Senior Center at 124 Pleasant Street

For a comprehensive list of
COVID-19 resources, CLICK HERE .
FOOD RESOURCES
If you need help with your food supply, there are places you can contact for help.
Community
For a comprehensive list of
COVID-19 resources, CLICK HERE .
LOOKING FOR A WAY TO HELP?

Bennington County Mutual Aid is an organization connecting volunteers with those in need. Find out more at https://sites.google.com/view/benningtoncountymutuala id
Since we're spending more time at home, it the perfect time to fill out your 2020 Census information!
If you are interested in joining the Bennington Community Garden, please fill out and submit an application ( click here). If you have questions about the garden, call Megan @ (616)581-8488.
DEALING WITH ANXIETY, STRESS, AND BEHAVIORS
Community Events
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Due to the Governor's "Stay at Home" order, events are a no-go right now.

In the spirit of social distancing, remember to keep at least six feet between yourself and others when at the grocery store or pharmacy, or when walking outside.
Bennington Rec Center
802 442-1053

Bennington Senior Center
802 442-1052